A villager was killed in an encounter between police personnel and Maoist militants in Bokaro, Jharkhand, recently.
The deceased, Dashrath Mallar, was a local and was found in a bloodied state by police after the encounter.
Laxman Prasad Singh, Deputy Inspector General of Police, said in Bokaro district, that the man was caught in the crossfire and that he was declared brought dead to the hospital.
"This incident happened in a village in Bokaro district during a raid and an encounter against Maoists. He was killed at around 4.30 a.m. when the militants fired at the police party and the police fired back. He was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead. A detailed report is awaited," said Singh.
In the past few years, the rebels have stepped up their efforts against the government after various locals complained that Maoist activities such as extortion, abductions and killing had increased considerably in the area.
The guerrilla war, waged mostly from the forests of central and eastern India now poses the biggest internal security challenge, say analysts.
Hundreds of people have been killed and injured in the violence, perpetrated by the rebels as well as security forces in counter insurgency operations.
Maoists have also significantly increased their presence in tribal and rural regions in the states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa.
The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of millions of landless people and marginal farmers.
However, the government has termed them as India's main internal security threat and an obstacle to higher growth and more jobs in Asia's third-largest economy. (ANI)